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There have been some delays, but How To Make This Very Zine is again available for download in German, Arabic, English, Khmer, Spanish, Greek, Russian and Georgian, on my “real” internet web-page, here. If you would like to translate this document into Swedish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Lakota, Thai, Swahili or Latin, please let me know! Just not French. I’m not into that.
I’ll be teaching a class starting this week called Modern Printed Ephemera at the Newberry Library (I think you can still sign up here) and we’ll be starting the class off with a look at some of my collection of images—from the Newberry and elsewhere—of artist’s books, small press publications, and other printed matter. Like this:
A Civil-War-era schoolbook, with lessons.
Just in case you didn’t know.
This is a small book-lette from the US Department of State called The Right of People to their Freedom.
An 1894 Chicago-produced scrapbook of meticulously cut out children’s games, toys, and holiday cards. (In the Newberry’s collection.)
And of course, the Brigadebucher, from the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei:
And, same era, some solidarity between the GDR and whoever’s at war with the US:
Fiona, who appears in the book as the die-hard American Girl Place fan—and who subsequently set me on this path, and this one—has the next entry in our weekly series of Unmarketable Book Release Party podcasts. I should mention that the release party was held on November 7, 2007 at the Hideout in Chicago. (The above video has quality issues, but you get the picture.) To celebrate the release, I asked my variously talented genius friends to create advertisements for products that no one wanted—and, in fact, that no one should probably have. The results were ridiculously funny, across the board—but Fiona’s was one of my favorites. Listen or download it here:
And check the other two in the series here too:
Joining the original English version of How To Make This Very Zine—an 8-up folded teeny baby publication that instructs you on its own creation—and the Spanish, German, Khmer, and Arabic versions are these two new versions: Russian, above, and Greek.
I wrote this several years ago and never finished it. It probably makes about as much sense unfinished as it would finished, though, so here it is.
I had a doctor’s appointment once that didn’t go terribly well—I needed medicine for anxiety and they weren’t able to prescribe it for me. On the way out of the office, in the alley, I found a bag of weed.
A decade earlier I found a cat there, too. Her name was Cake.
Audio from The Encyclopedia Show Season Two: Volume Three, The Zodiac is currently available from Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified. You may recall my piece (the last on the audio, but listening to the whole thing will allow you to hear the pleasures known only to man as Toni Assante Lightfoot, Robbie Q. Telfer, and Jill Summers) from my November 2009 post, “Code Name: Aquarius.”
What you will not recall, because I did not tell you about it, was that it kicked off an interesting exchange with the biographer of Ms. Moore, Sr., in addition to eliciting a very mysterious comment from someone blogging inside a government building in DC.
Oooops. . . forgot I have a new book out! Routledge just released the exciting new Handbook of Public Pedagogy, in which an updated (and corrected) version of my Fall of Autumn classic, Be a Zinester: How and Why to Publish Your Own Periodical appears alongside the work and theory of several of my friends and colleagues who have, and have not, been called terrorists on popular television program Bones.
And it’s only $114.95!